The Port of Oakland has approved an air quality plan that seeks to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the port’s maritime operations. Referred to as the eaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan’, the document calls for changes in equipment, operations, fuels and infrastructure to be developed over the next 30 years. Projects include converting port fleet vehicles and equipment to zero-emission and installing electric infrastructure at container terminals. The plan also includes tracking yard equipment for fuel consumption, operability and performance as well as identifying cleaner fuels and alternative, renewable power sources.
Truckload rates out of Atlanta have risen double digits in the last few weeks, and more freight appears to be moving inland from the US West Coast, positive signs in a year full of negative economic data and doom-and-gloom warnings of a freight recession. The increase in rates have been attributed to several factors including the annual International Roadcheck program, threats of tariffs, increased demand in one sector pulling capacity from another, and the a number of drivers in the process of converting their vehicles to electronic logging device (ELD).
K Line’s car carrier Diamond Highway has caught fire off the coast of the Philippines. The 25 member crew was rescued by Thailand-bound bulk carrier Canupos Leader. The vessel was on route to Batangas when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Owned by Diamond Car Carriers, the 19,100 dwt Diamond Highway was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004. A patrol vessel has been deployed to put out the fire.
Maersk will be piloting a new carbon neutral biofuel with select customers. The biofuel is a blend of used cooking oil and heavy which was been tested and validated by the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition and Shell earlier this year. Retailer H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.
Hapag-Lloyd’s 8,700 teu containership Nagoya Express briefly grounded and damaged a $5M gantry crane at the Hai Phong terminal in Vietnam hile outbound. The harbour pilot who navigated the ship has been suspended as authorities are investigating the accident. The Hai Phong terminal, which opened in May last year with a ceremony welcoming the Nagoya Express, is the first deep-water port in Vietnam’s northern key economic region. The Nagoya Express is one of the large vessels operated by THE ALLIANCE of Hapag Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming Line on Trans-pacific route with regular call at HICT, which provides direct service from the North of Vietnam to West coast of the USA and Canada.
The Panama Canal has released a proposal to modify its current tolls structure. The release marks the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, which will close on July 15, 2019. For dry bulk vessels, the proposal offers matching the tolls charged to Neopanamax vessels carrying iron ore with the tolls assessed for grains and other dry bulk cargoes, as well as a tariff increase for Neopanamax dry bulkers transiting in ballast. For containerships, the proposal offers more attractive rates for customers who benefit from the Panama Canal Loyalty Program by adding new levels with reduced rates in the capacity charge for shipping lines deploying between 2 million to 3 million TEUs, and additional reductions for lines deploying an incremental over 3 million TEUs.
Credit: Nicole Le Baron, June 5, 2019
Since June 1, marine mammal observers working for the ECHO Program have spotted humpback whales almost every day in Boundary Pass. Slow moving humpbacks are highly susceptible to vessel strikes. Mariners are encouraged to report all marine mammal sightings to the Whale Report app and to download the WhaleReport Alert System (WRAS) app to be informed of where whales are in order to reduce the potential for collision and disturbance. The WRAS app will send you a text whenever there is a whale is within 10nm of you. Find out more here.
Green Marine has released their participants’ 2018 sustainability results. The program has 133 participants – up 12% from last year. Participants rank their efforts on a 1-to-5 scale based on the detailed criteria addressing greenhouse gas emissions, community impacts, garbage and waste management, and other prioritized environmental issues. 144 reports were submitted for 2018 with some participants filing for more than one type of business activity or distinct locations, a 17% increase from last year. Read the full report here: https://green-marine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2018Perfo_Report_WEB.pdf
The Port of Halifax has launched a vessel forecast report that enabling better scheduling of labor and yard preparation leading to improved cargo flow. The report is generated by a tool developed with the port by Copenhagen-based eeSea, which provides forecasts up to 30 days in advance of each vessel scheduled to call. The data, which is posted on the port’s website, enables users to see the scheduled arrival date, the forecast arrival date, and the difference between the two.
Quebec-born Wendy Williams is set to make history as the first Canadian female captain of a major cruise ship when she takes the helm of Virgin Voyages' newest ship. Williams will be the master of Scarlet Lady, set to sail next spring. Williams has more than 28 years of experience working on ships and started her career on a commercial fishing boat. She has held roles as a deckhand, ferryboat captain, and working on the bridge of other cruise ships. Fewer than 3 percent of the world's mariners are women, and the company announced last year that it plans to bridge the gender gap in leadership roles. Along with Williams, almost a dozen female officers and engineers have been recruited to join Virgin Voyages.
Canadian Pacific has used a strategically placed land holding as the home of its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC). The VAC is in a prime location to handle vehicles made in North America for distribution in British Columbia, northern Washington State and parts of Alberta, as well as vehicles imported through the Port of Vancouver. The facility is built on 19 acres of CP-owned land adjacent to CP's Vancouver Intermodal Terminal. The compound has capacity for 36 multi-level auto racks and has nearly 1,200 bays for vehicles. CP has deployed a new yard logistics system that automates yard processes and supports real-time inventory reporting to give customers better visibility of their shipments. It also strengthens CP's damage prevention processes by enabling immediate uploading of inspection images. This new system was introduced in Vancouver and is being rolled out to all CP automotive compounds.
BC Ferries has launched the Northern Sea Wolf, a newly-acquired and renovated, 246-ft-long vessel that can carry 150 passengers and crew, and 35 vehicles. The vessel, previously known as the Aqua Spirit, was originally constructed in 2000. In 2017, BC Ferries bought the vessel for $12.6 million from its owner in Greece. A complete refit of the vessel was conducted at a facility in Richmond, where modernization work entailed a new galley, bridge, electrical generators, HVAC system, washrooms, elevator, chair lifts, and new cafeteria and passenger accommodation area. The total cost of the vessel is $76 million, including $15.1 million in funding from the federal government. The vessel will service the recently renewed route with non-stop service between Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Bella Coola.
Algoma Shipping has completed the acquisition of the interest of Oldendorff Carriers in the CSL International Pool, including the three vessels owned by Oldendorff operating in the pool. Algoma’s interest in the pool has now increased to approximately 40%. The three vessels, handysize bulker Alice Oldendorff and panamax bulkers Harmen Oldendorff and Sophie Oldendorff, have brought Algoma’s ocean going self-unloader fleet to eight vessels operating in the pool.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport has announced the appointment of Rita Carla Andreone as director for a term of 3 years, and Kenneth Bruce Clayton as director for a term of 3 years to the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The appointees come from diverse backgrounds, with experience in a number of fields, and are active members of their communities. They bring a wide array of knowledge and senior executive and corporate governance expertise to their transportation positions.
Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin on the IMO’s new Guidelines on Fatigue. The revised guidelines can be accessed here: http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/HumanElement/Documents/MSC.1-Circ.1598.pdf
Royal Caribbean Cruises has lowered its profit outlook following the Trump Administration’s ban on American cruises docking in Cuba. While the affected sailings impact only 3 percent of the company’s 2019 sailings, they have indicated that the regulatory change will lead to a reduction to the adjusted EPS for 2019 in the range of USD 0.25 to USD 0.35 per share.
US Congress has authorized $292.73 million for Port Infrastructure Development Program grants to provide grants for a broad range of improvements within, or around, coastal seaports to improve safety, reliability, or efficiency. The grant funding is broken down into two categories: $200 million is available for infrastructure improvements at all coastal seaports, and $92.73 million is allocated to fund improvements at the 15 coastal seaports that handled the greatest number of loaded foreign and domestic TEUs in 2016.